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2021 AICR Research Conference

NOVEMBER 1-3, 2021

About the Conference

The Annual AICR Research Conference is the most authoritative source for information on diet, obesity, physical activity and cancer. This event will feature talks from world-renowned scientists in the field of lifestyle and cancer research on the progress we have made in the field so far and what we have to look forward to in the future.

2021 AICR Research Conference will now be fully virtual—November 1–3, 2021

The rising tide of COVID-19 infections has made the cancellation of the in-person component of the 2021 AICR Research Conference unavoidable. Fortunately, we had planned for a hybrid event, so we are well equipped to seamlessly switch to fully virtual. The same incredible speakers and program will be delivered directly to you!

Register today to reserve your spot! This three-day event will feature dynamic topics such as:

  • Strength of Evidence—How do we assess it and when is it strong enough?
  • Lifestyle Impact on Immunotherapy‚—Emerging roles of obesity, physical activity and diet on immunotherapy
  • Cancers on the Rise—The impact of diet, nutrition and physical activity on the incidence of young onset colorectal cancer, liver cancer and childhood cancers
  • What Can We Tell Our Patients?—Current knowledge, limitations and opportunities for reducing risk and improving outcomes through diet, nutrition and physical activity in cancer risk and survival

Poster Abstract Submissions

Share your research with the leaders in the field and network with your colleagues by presenting a poster at this year’s conference. Posters must be relevant to cancer or cancer survivorship and address the key exposures of diet, obesity or physical activity. The deadline to submit a poster abstract is September 17, 2021.

Download the 2021 AICR Poster Abstract Submission Guidelines

Poster Abstract Submission Fee: $50
Poster Award: If you are a post-doctoral scholar or a graduate student, you may elect to have your poster considered for the John A. Milner or AICR poster award, respectively. You must indicate during the poster submission process that you would like your poster to be considered.

To receive information about the conference as it becomes available, including the final program, sign up to receive updates.

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The 27th AICR Research Conference is November 1-3, 2021

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A Look Back

2019 Conference Highlights

The 2019 research conference took place May 15–17 at The Carolina Inn in Chapel Hill, NC. The meeting consisted of ten scientific sessions, three pre-conference workshops and two poster receptions, all exploring the link between diet, obesity, physical activity and cancer.

Conference Program

Monday 01 November

1:00pm – 1:15pmConference Opening and Welcome
1:15pm – 3:00pm
Opening Plenary Session:
Strength of evidence
Doris Chan, PhD
Assessing strength of evidence for diet, nutrition, physical activity in cancer risk and outcomes
3:30pm – 5:00pmPoster Session

Tuesday 02 November

9am – 12noonPlenary Session 2
Lifestyle impacts on immunotherapy
Jennifer McQuade, MD, MS, MA, LAc
The impact of host metabolic phenotype on tumor metabolism and response to immunotherapy
Lyse Norian, PhD
Identifying drivers of obesity-associated immunotherapy resistance
Katherine Cook, PhD
Crosstalk between diet and microbiota regulates immune checkpoint therapy responsiveness
Richard Simpson, PhD
Exercise-induced adrenergic stimulation as an adjuvant for cancer immunotherapy
12noon – 1:00pmLunch Presentation
Daniel Rosenberg, PhD
Potential manipulation of the gut microbiome for cancer prevention
1:00pm 2:30pmSpotlight Session
Lifestyle manipulation of the tumor microenvironment
Kristy Brown, PhD
Obesity increases breast cancer penetrance in BRCA mutation carriers: a role for locally-derived factors
Elizabeth Wellberg, PhD
FGFR/ER-crosstalk in the breast tumor microenvironment links weight gain and endocrine-therapy resistance in a preclinical model of obesity
Lee Jones, PhD
Exercise regulation of the tumor microenvironment

Tuesday 02 November (continued)

2:30pm – 5:30pmPlenary Session 3
Cancers on the Rise
Childhood Cancers
Lisa Force, MD, MPH
The global burden of childhood cancer
Elena Ladas, PhD
Changing patterns of lifestyle exposures in LMIC – implications for childhood cancer survivors
Adult Cancers
Kimmie Ng, MD, MPH
Young onset colorectal cancer: understanding the rise
Rohit Loomba, MD, MHSc
Liver cancer – increasing rates and impact of modifiable lifestyle factors

Wednesday 03 November

9:00am – 11:00amPlenary Session 4
What can we tell our patients?
Melissa Hudson, MD
Health promotion across the cancer care continuum
Wendy Demark-Wahnefried, PhD, RD
What we know and don’t know about diet after a cancer diagnosis
Kathryn Schmitz, PhD, MPH
What we know and don’t know in exercise oncology
Neil Iyengar, MD
Targeting obesity to improve cancer outcomes
Structured Panel discussion
Wendy Demark-Wahnefried, Melissa Hudson, Neil Iyengar, Jeff Meyerhardt, Kathryn Schmitz
11:00am – 12:30pmPoster Session
12:30pmConference Closes

Wednesday 10 November

12:00pm – 2:00pmSatellite Session 1
Lifestyle assessment in the real world –innovation to implementation to impact
Daniel Santa Mina, PhD
Implementing hospital-based surgical prehabilitation: Strategies to create and measure impact
Jennifer Trilk, PhD, FACSM, FAGLN, DipACLM
Exercise is Medicine Greenville: Design and implementation of a clinic-to-community, physical activity health promotion model for healthcare providers
Wendy Demark-Wahnefried, PhD, RD
Opportunities and challenges in adapting, implementing and evaluating diet and exercise interventions in the virtual world

Wednesday 17 November

12:00pm – 2:00pmSatellite Session 2
Dietary patterns in cancer research
Teresa Fung, ScD, RD
Current evidence and impact of dietary patterns on chronic disease risk
Fred Tabung, PhD, MSPH
Challenges, opportunities and future strategies in dietary pattern research
Melissa Maitin-Shepard, MPP
Policy implications of dietary pattern research and practice

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The American Institute for Cancer Research supports the future of medicine with the help of passionate supporters, generous donors, and a remarkable community of civic minded business leaders. Join our work by serving as an event sponsor, and help us forge ahead in the fight for cancer prevention.

You can view the exciting new sponsorship opportunities here! Please contact j.street@aicr.org if interested in learning more.

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A Look Back

2019 Conference Highlights

The 2019 research conference took place from May 15–17 at The Carolina Inn in Chapel Hill, NC. The meeting consisted of ten scientific sessions, three pre-conference workshops and two poster receptions, all exploring the link between diet, obesity, physical activity and cancer.

Research in Action

Preventing and Surviving Cancer

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2021 AICR Research Conference

The AICR Research Conference is a three day summit that brings researchers and health professionals together. This engaging forum focuses on the role lifestyle factors play in cancer risk and diagnosis. It affords attendees the opportunity to stay on top of research, and connect with exhibitors and experts in the field.